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the rocket will be launching in a week or so. his company claims the rocket is powerful enough for manned missions to the moon and mars. >> i'm very excited for that. we're signing up. and now to a wild scene in broad daylight in phoenix. >> it ended with a terrifying crash and confusion at the scene. we have the details. >> reporter: the chase began after a traffic stop for a moving violation. >> he's run a red light and continuing in towards asu now. >> reporter: tv choppers following over head. that red jeep at high speed. >> oh, my gosh. he's really, really speeding up now. >> reporter: finally slamming into an unsuspecting driver. >> oh, no. oh, no. head-on collision with that car. >> reporter: but it's not over. >> he's running. >> reporter: the driver, 31-year-old mitchell jumps out and approaches the bystanders.
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when police arrive confusion. >> that's him right here. hey! hey! that's him right here. >> our suspect does have an extensive criminal history of both violent felony convictions and misdemeanors in several states. >> reporter: the victim, a 47-year-old woman was injured but is expected to be okay and the suspect could face charges of aggravated assault or more. abc news, los angeles. >> what a confusing scene that was. >> no idea. >> they had no clue who it was. okay. glad that it turned out okay and that women did not suffer life-threatening injuries. a road trip in vermont took a wrong turn when three friends landed their vehicle in the bottom of lake champlain. >> the driver says he was following directions from the waze app. the app directed them to drive on to the boat launch near the coast guard station.
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>> but it was dark and foggy and by the time they realized their wrong turn, it was too late. frozen water coming in. luckily, everyone managed to get out safely. >> we can laugh because they were safe but i can see this happening, unfortunately. the internet tells you to take a right. you listen and you take a right. when we come back did he just talk himself out of a job? grumpy cat gets her day in court. "the skinny" is next. no... make every day valentine's day with k-y yours and mine. two sensations. one great way to discover new feelings together. fast like stop staring atcaps help youthe clock fast,st, like stop worrying about your boss fast, like wow, you're already asleep fast. when life keeps you up... zzzquil helps you fall asleep in as little as 20 minutes.
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♪ don't let the sun go down on me ♪ well the sun appears to be going down on elton john's timeout on the yellow brick road. >> after nearly 50 years of performing, he announced he is retiring. they are throwing one long, massive, extended good-bye party for his fans across the world. it doesn't even start till september. he's kicking off his global
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farewell tour of 300 shows that will last a few years. >> i love it. i'm retiring. >> he just sat down with robyn roberts for an exclusive interview. >> reporter: what is it that you want to leave on the stage? >> that i gave people a hell of a lot of pleasure, the songs will live on, i'm not disappearing, and i want my last performance to be in america because my first performance will be in america. 1970 where it all started and i owe this country so much and i'm fond of this country. i love it so much i want to start and finish here. >> he's expected to spend more time with his family after the 300 plus extended tours. >> and you can catch the first leg of his tour, so to speak, at the grammy's sunday night. we'll have full coverage right here. and more of the interview later this morning on gma.
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but don't worry we have plenty of time to say goodbye to elton. next, the search for a new james bond. how does this sound, kendis, bond, jamie bond? >> well, jamie can be a guy. >> dang it. janice bond. the next bond could be a woman, at least that's what -- >> the franchise goes back to doctor no, 50 years ago. starring the best james bond of all time, sean conry. and he said it could be a woman, could be a black woman, could be a white woman. do something different with it, why not? >> what i love is why not change the bond girls to bond dudes and then we could be playing different video that maybe the
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other half of the population would like to look at instead of the half that put this on. >> and instead we'll watch this and imagine what it would be like. >> i'm a fan. i'm a fan of this. next exciting news for harry potter fans and boats. starting this summer, cruises will be operating in the uk traveling to various filming locations. hogwart's themed cuisine will be served. we're talking butter beer, this is a dream come true. >> the week long cruise is not that bad. it will cost you about $4,000. >> can we sign up right away? i want to wear matching outfits. and finally a reminder not to mess with the grumpy cat. the unimpressed feline has just won a major lawsuit. >> the cat whose real name is tartar sauce has been awarded $20,000 in the case. but we cannot reach the cat for further comment.
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i have a lifetime of experience. so i know how important that is. whoa, oh, my god, oh, my god. oh, my god. double rainbow all the way across the sky. >> wish i was that excited about anything, as much as that guy loves the double rainbow. >> he understands me. double rainbow guy and i, we just get each other. i could just watch that on repeat. double rainbows because we're talking about skittles this morning and it's a slogan to taste the rainbow. this year, only one person will get a taste of the super bowl commercial. >> here is t.j. holmes. >> reporter: skittles is going for the super bowl sized attention but without the super bowl sized price of a commercial.
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>> this year skittles will be making a super bowl ad and only showing it to one person. >> reporter: yep, skittles is creating a 60-second commercial for the super bowl but the ad won't air during the game, itself, february 4th. but it will be played for an audience of one, this guy. >> why would you make an ad and show it to only one single person? >> reporter: a teenager from california. they found the 17-year-old after conducting a search for the ultimate fan. >> whoa, what is this? is this really scene from the new skittles super bowl ad that only one single person gets to watch? i'm kind of wondering that myself. >> reporter: and what could be genius or internet trolling, they are teasing the commercial that we'll never see. >> because they're only showing it to one single person. >> shut up! nobody asked you! >> exclusive the rainbow. taste it rainbow.
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>> if you can get the attention you want from a super bowl spot without spending $5 million, i think most people would go that way. >> and they're not alone. >> good day, losers. >> reporter: the internet lit up last week when chris hemsworth appeared in a trailer for a brand-new crocodile dundee film. but speculation is building on whether the movie may just be part of a super bowl ad. >> really? really? >> yeah. >> really? >> why do you keep saying really? >> brands have to be more creative and agile to get people's attention. a lot of brands are wanting to bring an element of surprise back to the super bowl. >> reporter: t.j. holmes, abc news, new york. >> it's kind of exciting. >> will it work? >> just watch his reaction for the whole time? >> he seems really excited about it. based on his twitter profile, we're going to get a lot of animated responses. >> he kind of looks like
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good morning, i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm maggie rulli in for diane. here are the headlines we are following on "world news now." secret society. why some republicans say a group of fbi officials are plotting against the president. abc news obtained the text messages that sparked the controversy. we have details coming up. today, president trump is in switzerland, in the alps where he will pitch a message, america is open for business. one-on-one meetings with the british and israeli prime ministers. logan paul may be trying to redeem himself after posting videos of a suicide victim. he brings awareness to the problem of suicide. a wild chase when a guy
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driving a jeep slammed head-on to another vehicle. the suspect got out of the vehicle and walked away before being taken down by cops. he already has a criminal record. those are some of the top stories on this thursday, january 25th. announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we begin with a secret society with the fbi. a group of law enforcement officials are plotting to bring down president trump. >> abc has a copy of the text message they appear to be citing. it was a day after trump won the election. it appears to be made jokingly. >> reporter: on capitol hill, republicans escalating the tax on robert mueller's investigation. >> serious concerns. >> reporter: republican senator, ron johnson pointing to personal
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text messages exchanged between peter struck and lisa page, an fbi lawyer seen in this alumni picture. in texts sent during the campaign, they exchanged their private thoughts, including comments about a number of political figures, including trump. they called him an idiot. page saying he's awful. senator johnson now raising questions about a potential, larger fbi conspiracy against the president. >> we have an informant talking about a group holding secret meetings off sight. there's so much smoke and suspicious. >> stop there. secret meetings? >> correct. >> reporter: refusing to produce evidence rk but pointing to another exchange between them. >> i saw the text. maybe we ought to have the first
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meeting of the society. >> reporter: republicans have not released that text message and the meaning is unclear. now, the president is raising questions about why the fbi is missing records of texts between the couple, during the critical five-month period. >> i think he thinks there's a great cause of concern that five months worth of text messages have gone missing. >> reporter: the fbi says they disappeared because of a glitch. they accept the explanation. >> i'll let the fbi explain where the glitch is. it's not limited to two people's text messages. it's across the board. >> reporter: democrats believe republicans are trying to undermine the special counsel. >> i think there has been a great deal of activity on the other side intending to divert attention from mueller or stand in his way. >> reporter: the republican chair of the senate intelligence
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committee refused to join in, suggesting the explanation is reasonable. lawmakers know the special counsel is considering a wealth of information as the investigation continues. thomas, abc news, washington. >> thanks. the president is apparently ready to come face-to-face with robert mueller, saying he's looking forward to being questions under oath. the president popped in on white house reporters before heading to switzerland for the summit. he says he would love to speak to mueller and denied wrong doing. >> i would do it under oath. i'm looking forward to it, actually. >> do you have a date set? >> no collusion whatsoever. no obstruction, whatsoever and i'm looking forward to it. >> it could take place in two to three weeks.
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tye cobb said the president was speaking hurriedly and trying to work out arrangements with mueller's team. nassar told his victims their emotional words had shaken him to his core. the judge gave nassar up to 175 years in prison, saying she was signing his death warrant. in addition to his work for usa gymnastics, nassar worked for michigan state university. hours after his sentencing, the school's president resigned. she stepped down over the pressure over the way michigan state handled the case. we are learning details of the parents in southern california, charged with abusing and imprisoning their children. a judge ordered them not to attempt to communicate with their children for three years. marcy gonzalez has the latest. >> people of arizona versus david and louise turpin.
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>> reporter: the parents accused of holding 12 of their 13 children captive are returning to court, ordered to have no contact with their children, except through an attorney. >> okay? you are nodding your head. >> reporter: all but one of the siblings are being treated for mall nourishment and trauma. a brutal, prolonged abuse, including being starved, chained to beds for months at a time and only allowed to shower once a year. >> all 13 victims are going to need a lot of support. >> reporter: in a neighbor's surveillance video, the siblings are rushing into a van a week and a half ago, rescued after their 17-year-old sister escaped and called 911. a desperate effort that came days before the family was set to move to oklahoma. the house filled with packed boxes when police arrested the
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turpins when they pleaded not guilty to all charges. prosecutors say the investigation is far from over. >> we are going to leave no stone unturned. if there are more, if there is more criminal conduct that we uncover during this investigation, we will look at more. donations for the children keep coming in from around the world with $200,000 raised so far. marcy gonzalez, abc news, los angeles. >> thanks, marcy. breaking news out of colorado. the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy north of deputies responded to an assault in progress. when they caught up with the suspect, he opened fire, shooting one in the chest. the manhunt is under way for the other two suspects. prosecutors in kentucky will ask a judge if a teenager accused of a shooting can be tried as an adult. there's no motive for the attack. the teen being led away from the
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school, in these photos is the suspect. 15-year-old bailey holt was killed in the shooting. bailey's heart-broken mother calls her the perfect daughter. >> she helped others. she always put herself, put others before herself. she was so kind hearted. just the most amazing kid anybody could ask for. >> bailey's mom said she already knew she wanted to be a nurse, helping to deliver babies. the school where the shooting took place is considered a crime scene. classes there are canceled yet again today. overseas, an isis attack in afghanistan killed five and wounded dozens more at a children's charity. after a suicide bombing in front of the building, five isis gunmen tried to save the children. they say the staff members were
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also killed. the charity ceo is refusing to back down. >> we have suspended, for a while, operations in afghanistan. we rest deeply committed to helping the children in afghanistan. they are the most deprived children in the world. we stay there. >> violence across afghanistan is heating up on saturday. the taliban attacked a luxury hotel in kabul, killing at least 22 people, including four americans. at home, toys "r" us outlined plans to close 182 stores. it's part of a massive bankruptcy, reorganization plan. as many as 4500 workers could be impacted by this. every golfer hopes to tell the story of hitting that hole in one. that includes louisiana paul's jackie and george, who have been playing for 33 years. >> okay. they were at the up hill par 3. jackie went first. she hit a solid shot.
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then george took his turn and also feeling confident, as well. >> they were looking around. they couldn't find either ball. they looked inside the hole and both of them aced their shots, back-to-back holes in one. >> amazing. the reaction. how did that happen? >> i don't think i would believe it if i saw that. >> sure, there was a gopher that grabbed it. >> sure, we don't know what happened between. we turned the camera. we're going to believe it because i want good news in my life. coming up, a special reunion for a cat and its owner thanks to a man's mission to find cats lost. fighting the flu by visiting a virtual doctor. first, a look at today's temperatures. look at today was temperatures.
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cloned two healthy monkeys. they say this means we are one step closer to human cloning, they say would almost certainly be banned for ethical reasons. >> at least they're cute monkeys. >> they're really cute monkeys. we should clone more of them. i like them. returning to a health epidemic with the cdc saying there's been nearly 9,000 confirmed flu hospitalizations in the u.s. >> almost double from last year. is seeing a virtual doctor the right call? here is amby robach. >> reporter: as more people get sick the risk of infection growing. hospitals with er beds over flowing now canceling elective surgeries to keep beds available for flu patients. tamiflu shortages and hospital staff working overtime. >> people are definitely working over, doing double shifts, coming in on days off. there's definitely staffing
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issues throughout the hospital especially with as full as we have been. >> reporter: with some doctors urging people not to flood the e.r., unless they're really sick. virtual doctor visits are booming. patients getting a flu diagnoses and in some cases, tamiflu prescriptions from their smartphone. >> send it to the pharmacy and pick it up within 30 minutes. >> reporter: in new york city has nyp on demand virtual urgent care. >> this is an intimate encounter where they're one-on-one with the patient versus being in a crowded emergency room or waiting for hours in the doctor's office. >> reporter: costs $75 for a 15-minute consultation and can treat a range of nonemergency conditions. >> because this has been such a big flu season we've been an over 100% ib crease in our total visit volume.
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1 in 5 of our cases are actually flu related or cold related cases and so they end up getting a prescription with tamiflu. >> when her 2-year-old got sick, she used an uber-like app to send a doctor right to her home. >> we can just stay home. it was just so easy. >> reporter: amy robach, abc news, new york. >> doctors on demand. $75 as they work with large and small plans across the country. >> it's not cheap. other places cost $99. $75 for a 15-minute consultation. sounds like a lot. but if it makes so you can get medical advice without leaving your apartment, if you are that sick, it could be helpful. coming up. why a police officer found himself feeding a squirrel. foundselfself cleaning off keen
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okay. it's a thursday edition of, "this happened" and really this next video kind of sums up. >> it happened. >> so it happened in china. what you're looking at is 1500 people working there. >> this is amazing to me. >> on a railway in the heart of china. 1500 construction workers all at once. this took place over the course of nine hours and during those nine hours they not only built a new railway station, they built
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the new line there, they built some new traffic lights and a series of traffic monitoring equipment and that's it. it was all done. >> an amazing feet of if the engineering. what have you done recently? have you built a railroad overnight? what are have you been doing here? >> that really is, like, for reference, it took new york 30 years to build the 2nd avenue subway extension that was two blocks. >> it turns out we just need 1500 construction workers overnight and second half subway done overnight. here is a story for you about doughnuts, kendis. so a man wins a doughnut eating competition and lands himself in a mug shot because he breaks into a doughnut shop. he couldn't get enough of the doughnuts. so turns out in north carolina he won a doughnut competition that was sponsored by the police. police later find out that he has been convicted in the past
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of burglary and kept the train going and broke into a dunkin' donuts shop and now he's back with a mug shot. >> a starter drug. >> behind bars as he awaits. >> just leads to one thing after another. >> it's those white carbs. it's the gateway. >> it's a gateway drug. speaking of police officers at work, here is one in the city of fresno, in california, during his work for nature there. >> he helped a squirrel. >> this is officer mcgory here who is taking out a snack and helping the squirrel. look at that. >> an honor of national squirrel appreciation day. it's a thing. we have more animals from cute baby squirrels to massive killer whales. a whole pod of them off the coast of l.a. look at them. beautiful creatures. they did surround a seal, we
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♪ ♪ fire and fury there on top. >> yeah. finally, this half hour, we have the story of tiger, one of the many pets who wen missing after the fires in california. >> tiger has been found. his owners say it's a miracle. wayne, our friend from our sister station has more. >> he was not coming out. >> reporter: this story begins with a cat hunt. his name tiger. here's the official mug shot now reality as susan and jim decker try to coax tiger into camera
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range. >> he's just on guard now. he's not moving at all. >> reporter: if tiger seems skiddish, who can blame him. for the last three months, this was his home. one of those pets that went lost and missing, presumed gone forever, given up on, by most people, anyway. >> i love cats. >> reporter: dave of santa rosa, this man is a softy on a mission. >> we were evacuated during the fire and i wasn't able to catch all my cats. so i knew what it felt like inside to leave a pet behind and when i saw pets being found that were left behind, i had to become part of bringing them home. >> reporter: three months later, the north bay fire zone still have lost pets. and every day he goes in guided by the postings of people like susan and jim, who never game up. >> there is a possibility, yes. >> reporter: a few weeks ago,
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dave got a hit and the deckers got a text with photos. what did it take to get tiger? >> patience. a lot of patience. >> reporter: last week the reward. hello, tiger. >> has he gone outside since? >> no. >> reporter: meantime, trapper dave will, even in the rain. a lot of people call you a hero. >> i'm not a hero. >> reporter: what are you? >> a cat lover. >> cats are finding their homes. >> he's not a hero. i'm a cat lover. >> just cat lover. >> can you imagine, wayne was like, soundbyte. >> gold! i love to see happy news coming out of that area in california. >> yes, of course. you covered that some time ago. that's the news for this half hour. >> follow us on wnnfans.com. sfx: tinny headphone music
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this morning on "world news now," the fallout in the gymnastics sexual abuse scandal. >> the former doctor learns his sentence. now, a high-profile resignation in the wake of that scandal. the president says he will speak to investigators under oath. so how soon could that happen and does it mean the investigation is almost done? hiding in plain site. what scientists have just found lurking right under rodeo drive that could be devastating to 90210. and literally, it took place where it literally could get you kicked out, like, for literally. it's literally thursday, january 25th. announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> good morning on a thursday. there's no masking what that story is about, maggie. >> it's literally, the greatest story i have ever heard. >> we'll get to that later on in "the mix." >> we will. but first new fallout from the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked u.s.a. gymnastics. >> dr. larry nassar will never walk free again. he worked for usa gymnastics and michigan state university. hours after he was sentenced, the president of michigan state university, lou anna simon, resigned from her position, under pressure that had been building over the school's handling of allegations against nassar. >> in her resignation letter, simon apologized to nassar's victims and apologized to the victims and called him an evil person. earlier, nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.
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lucy davis was there. >> reporter: in the moments just before he learned his sentence, larry nassar, somber and sullen turned to speak directly to his victims. >> your words these past several days -- your words have had a significant, emotional effect on myself and shaken me to the core. i also recognize what i'm doing fails to comparison to the pain, trauma and emotional destruction all of you -- >> reporter: the judge read portions of the same letter nassar wrote to the court earlier where he argued he didn't have the mental ability to bear hearing from so many victims, victims he says were after media attention and money. >> i was a good doctor because my treatment worked. >> reporter: his accusers say it was sexual abuse under the guise of medical treatment. his letter sparking outrage in the court room as the judge read from it. >> hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
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>> reporter: even after more than a week of heart retching testimony of 156 women and girls, nassar still wouldn't say the word guilty. >> sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again. >> reporter: then to the man the prosecutor called the most prolific serial child abuser in history, the judge handed down what she already promised, no chance that this father of three would ever have freedom, again. >> i'm giving you 175 years, which is 2100 months. i've just signed your death warrant. >> reporter: applause as the former u.s.a. gymnastics team doctor left the courtroom. the end of an emotionally charged sentencing. >> little girls don't stay little forever. they grow into strong women that return to destroy your world. >> reporter: the last to testify, rachel, the first woman to file a police report about nassar's sexual abuse that prompted so many others to come
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forward. >> you have fashioned for yourself a prison that is far, far worse than any i could ever put you in. and i pity you for that. >> reporter: a day that culminated with the resignation the president of michigan state university, lou anna simon. ncaa announced an investigation into msu to determine who know what about the abuse and when. linsey davis, abc news, lansing, michigan. >> and the headline overnight, the president of msu resigning abruptly. reaction in the meantime to nassar's sentencing has been swift, quite emotional as well. from one of the nation's highest profile gymnasts, ali raisman speaking out. last night she posted a statement thanking the judge for allowing every survivor a chance to make a statement. >> simone biles calls her her hero in a statement online.
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>> quite an emotional scene in michigan. we are going to turn to the russia investigation. president trump declaring he would love to speak with special counsel, robert mueller. >> the president made the comments during an impromptu chance before leaving for the swiss alps. but added any interview was subject to his lawyers. andy field has more. >> reporter: president trump heading to switzerland but first making news, telling white house reporters, he wants to sit-down with special counsel, robert mueller, and he's willing to do it under oath. >> i would do it under oath. i would do it. i'm looking forward to it. just so you understand there's been no collusion whatsoever, no obstruction whatsoever and i'm looking forward to it. >> reporter: sources with knowledge of the matter telling abc news, mueller indicated to trump's lawyers, his team will seek answers directly from the president. lawmakers reacting to mueller's approach. >> that proceeding up the chain, it would appear.
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>> all roads, all leads, all lines lead to donald trump. >> reporter: mueller's team as made it clear they want to question the president on two topics, the firings of national security advisor, michael flynn this, as the president reacts to reports he asked andrew mccabe how he voted during an oval office meeting. >> i don't remember asking him that question. i also think that's a very unimportant question. >> reporter: lawmakers say, if true, that question is inappropriate. >> this is a case of obstruction of justice, against donald trump. >> reporter: mueller's team to requests e-mails to see whether comey's firing was an attempt to obstruct the investigation, according to a source. they also interviewed comey and other key members of the trump administration. the president may now be on deck, telling reporters, an interview with mueller could happen within the next two or three weeks. andy field, abc news, washington.
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>> president trump now says he's open to providing a pathway to citizenship for the nearly 800,000 young immigrants known as d.r.e.a.m.ers and envisions the process taking 10 to 20 the president said he would consider extending the march 5th deadline for the daca program if a deal is in sight. saying it's a compromise members of both parties can support. pope francis is railing against fake news, labeling it evil and calling on journalists to search for the truth. the comments were the focus of an annual message which he likened fake news to the serpent in the garden of eden. he made no reference to how president trump used the term. he says it discredits others to the point of demonizing them. authorities in kentucky have not yet released a motive for the high school shooting that left two teenagers dead. this shows police leading away a student from the school in
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handcuffs. but they're not confirming he's the accused shooter. prosecutors will ask a judge today to try the alleged shooter as an adult. he's facing two counts of murder and other charges. steve spoke with the student who witnessed the shooting. >> reporter: when he came in, did he say anything? >> he was lifeless. he just pulled out the gun, didn't think twice and did it. >> reporter: investigators are still working at that school. classes are canceled, yet again today. strong storms are moving in to the pacific northwest, which are expected to last on and off for several days. the latest system stretching from seattle to northern california. it's bringing wind, rain and isolated flooding to coastal areas. and in the northeast, ice jams are still a big concern, backing up the rivers and creeks in pennsylvania, triggering flooding in low lying areas. a mandatory evacuation is in
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effect for west pittston. emergency crews are using heavy equipment to break up that ice, trying to get the water flowing. another storm is rumbling in the west, but this one is underground. >> they say a newly discovered earthquake fault runs through the heart of beverly hills and rodeo drive. home to some of the priciest real estate. now, get this, they believe it could produce a magnitude 7 earthquake, which could be deadly in such a populated and famous area. >> it's already producing tremors in real estate. california law bans new development on top of fault lines. so putting future construction projects there, in limbo. it's a fairly big deal. beyond just -- >> where are we going to go shopping next time we're in the 90210? >> yeah, i'll find the nearest walmart. >> what are you going to do, kendis? >> i'll find a walmart. coming up, kendis, is the earth round or flat?
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it's a question that we thought we had all figured out by now. apparently, we are not 100%. some claim there's evidence it's an elaborate hoax. back to court. the parents accused of holding their children hostage. the judge delivering a new warning, next on "world news now." warning, next on "world news now."
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if you build it, they will come and apparently vandalize it. the iconic iowa baseball field made famous in the 1989 movie, "field of dreams" is now a crime scene. police say someone drove a large vehicle on to the field, tearing it up and damaging the sprinkler system, doing thousands of dollars in dam. police have little more to go on than the tire treads since the field has no security cameras. just look at the corn stalks. now to the couple in california accused of holding their children captive for years. they have appeared in court again. >> the judge barring them from any contact with their children for three years. abc's matt gutman was in the courtroom. >> reporter: the california parents accused of monstrously mistreating their children in
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court. a judge issuing a protective order, barring them from any contact with their 13 children, until at least 2021. >> you must not contact them except through your lawyer. >> reporter: it's a process that began moments after david and louise turpin were led out of their home in handcuffs. and their children were removed from the house to child protective services. both parents facing a combined 75 counts of torture, abuse and false imprisonment. prosecutors accusing them of keeping the 13 children captive for years. abc news learned that david turpin was getting a job transfer and when his 17-year-old daughter alerted authorities, the family was days away from relocating from california to oklahoma. sources say the house was filled with boxes, consistent with moving. investigators spent most of tuesday interviewing those siblings. now the d.a. is telling us, it
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takes times for victims to tell their story. that's one reason this case is expected to last for years. matt gutman, abc news, riverside, california. >> but those parents unable to speak to those kids for at least three years. thanks to matt there. coming up, the wild car chase that led to a high-speed collision. as you see that, the amazing part, the driver, somehow unharmed and almost gets away with it. the details, ahead. but first the people who want more proof that the earth is round. the viral conspiracy theory has its own conference. but really guys? you're watching "world news now." powerful skincare, now light-as-air a breakthrough moisturizer delightfully whipped for instant absorption feel a light-as-air finish in a flash
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that doesn't mean it's true. >> dafpunk. they know. they know. see those beautiful shots, then all earthy and round. >>as opposed to marsy and square. >> flat. people are saying those images are fake and that earth is flat. can you believe it? >> yeah, i can. and thanks to the internet the conspiracy theories are thriving. here is abc's eva pilger. >> we'll start with some basic questions. the sky is -- >> reporter: in a world where it feels like nothing is as it seems. >> blue. >> one plus one is -- >> reporter: there's at least one truth we thought was indisputable. and the earth is? >> flat. >> flat. >> the earth is flat. >> reality, my senses tell me it's flat, it's stationary.
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>> reporter: or so i thought. but, for the people attending the first flat earth conference, their earth, indisputably is not round. >> everybody here can agree on one thing which is that it is not a globe. >> reporter: for centuries, the flat earth was accepted as certainty until science said otherwise. >> one of the rules is never admit someone is bigger than yourself. >> reporter: it wasn't until 2015, when this guy, mark sergeant posted his flat earth clues. >> part of a series of clues that can help you get around the design of the flat earth we live in. i did not invent flat earth. all i did was walk up to a door point at it, say, you know what? i think there's really interesting things on the other side of this. >> reporter: unlike what we are told in school, some flat earthers imagine the earth looks like a snow globe, round, but
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not a sphere. the north pole with the ice and antarctica holding everything in. are you certain this is what the earth looks like? >> pretty sure. there are some details to be worked out, sure, but the basic concept is sound, absolutely sound. and we know for a fact this ain't it. >> reporter: so if you think you have questions. >> feel free to line up to ask them while i'm reading the opening statement. >> reporter: the flatters have many, many more. which is why i thought someone who has seen the earth from space might have some answers. he spent more than 20 days in space and worked on the hubble telescope. so when you looked at the planet, what did it look like? >> it looks round, folks. it is round. my eye witness account and i looked at it as much as i could. it is round. >> reporter: some flatters believe astronauts are just actors, part of a huge conspiracy, going back to those
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very first steps on the moon. >> one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. >> you don't believe they have gone in space? >> no. not at all t. rockets go up, sure. there's nobody in them. >> reporter: many of them do their own experiments. darrel packed a marble to see if it was flying parallel to a flat earth. >> it's so simple, it goes right over your head. >> reporter: in a world of disagreements, large and small, for something as clear as this horizon, the interpretation could be infinite. >> but he had the level on the plane. >> that's definitive proof. >> science. >> one of their theories is the only real photo of the earth was back in 1972, the first one, that showed that it's round. everything since then apparently have been composite photographs. >> sounds like kendis is becoming a flat earther. >> i was always a flat earther. i believe in flat earths and
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to learn more. go long. ok okay. time for your mix here on a thursday. and there's a school in new jersey, west side high school in newark, new jersey that say they found the solution to students' tardiness. getting to school and class late. they basically confiscate their cell phones. >> i love this. >> they noticed kids have been coming to school very, very late. they said, here's the solution. if you show up to school late, we're going to confiscate your cell phone, we're going to put it in that packet and you're not going to be able to get it until the end of the day. and it has worked. those late students have stopped coming to school late. >> they now just don't come. and stay at home and play with their phones all day. perfect solution. >> we're genius.
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several students say the new policy motivates them to show up on time and helps them to concentrate more in classes. >> but the threat of taking away snapchat and instagram. >> exactly. but, then if you get your phone, if you show up on time, you get your phone. then they're on the phone doing all that stuff as well. >> sounds like a bust to me. >> i think so, too. >> literally, not a great idea. we know what literally is an amazing awesome idea? >> awesome. >> awesome. so, there's a bar here in new york city that is fed up with the word literally. they are literally saying you cannot say the word literally, posting a sign saying if you slip up once, just one time, you must leave. you have five minutes to finish your drink and then you must leave immediately. the bar's owner saying literally is the most overused, annoying word in the english language and
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we won't tolerate it. i literally think this is a bogus idea. >> but look how long that writer is. there are so many other annoying words. you would think that would be the one. >> the owner also hates, it's all good, you know what i'm saying, my bad. i love the word literally. literally. >> all right. well, there's a love map going on online between the twitter account for moonpie and the twitter account for wendy's. here's how it all started. they hit it up. i don't know if they're hitting it down in the dm but they started tweeting at each other where moonpie was like, i think you are very pretty and wendy's is like, thanks, moonpie, you're such a snack. >> yeah, you are. >> they kept it going, i think you are very pretty. and then they suggested, as you can see in the photo just combining.
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this morning on "world news now" the surprise from the president saying he's willing to speak under oath as part of the russia probe. plus former secretary of state john kerry. is he thinking of taking on donald trump in 2020? a new report just out. and the former gymnastics doctor accused of abusing dozens of women, sentenced to up to 175 years behind bars. but now the fallout. a university president stepping down in the wake of the scandal. new this half hour, the mystery of a missing woman finally solved. >> she vanished years ago. her house sold to new owners. then they found a skeleton. and could the next james bond be a woman? producers are searching for the next face of the franchise and a major contender on the short list says, why not? on this thursday january 25th.
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announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> that would be the ultimate for this time's up. >> i love that everyone was shaking their head. a lady? playing james bond? >> i'm all for it. i'm excited for it. >> i love it. >> yeah. but we're going to start this half hour with president trump giving his lawyers a little bit of -- declaring he's looking forward to speaking with special counsel robert mueller under oath. >> before trump heading to an economic summit in switzerland, the president made it clear, he's eager to sit down with the man heading the russia investigation, something he's repeatedly slammed as a witch hunt. tye cobb saying he spoke hurriedly and they are working out arrangements with mueller's team. we have more.
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>> reporter: president trump saying definitively he wants to sit down with special counsel robert mueller. the president telling jonathan carl he is willing to do it under oath. >> i would do it under oath. i would do it. i'm looking forward to it. there's no collusion, whatsoever. there's no obstruction, whatsoever. i'm looking forward to it. >> reporter: abc news has learned the president's lawyers are gearing up for an interview with the special counsel. hoping mueller will agree to a combination of written and in-person answers. sources say the special counsel wants to ask president trump, himself, about the firing of former national security adviser, michael flynn and former fbi director, james comey. comey pointed to the russia probe for the reason he was fired, testifying the president once told him, i need loyalty, i expect loyalty. >> it got very awkward and i said, you'll always have honesty from me and he said honest loyalty. that was a way to end the
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awkwa awkwardness. >> reporter: and in an oval office meeting, the president asking mccabe how he voted in the 2016 election. mccabe responded he doesn't vote. does the president make a habit of asking government officials their voting habits? >> not to my knowledge, no. >> did he ask andrew mccabe how he voted? >> look, the president and andrew mccabe have had limited and pretty nonsubstantiated conversations. i can't get into the details of what was discussed, i wasn't there. >> but that's a yes or no question. >> i wasn't in the room. i don't know what was discussed. i know he didn't ask me. i can tell you that. >> reporter: so we asked the president. >> did you ask andrew mccabe who he voted for? >> reporter: he didn't respond. president trump ignoring our questions through, but he did surprise a group of reporters. he says he does not remember asking andrew mccabe how he
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voted. he said it wouldn't be a big deal if he did ask that question. our john carl was inside that meeting. he reports president trump seems eager to sit down and talk with robert mueller. it could happen within the next two to three weeks. he also says he believes robert mueller will treat him fairly. abc news, the white house. some republican law makers are suggesting that a text message between two fbi officials reveal a secret society of federal law enforcement officials plotting against president trump. abc news obtained a copy of the message and it's unclear if the reference was made in jest. it reads are you even going to give out your calendars? seems kind of depressing. maybe it should be the first meeting of the secret society. the text was sent from an fbi lawyer to peter struck, a senior fbi agent that was removed from robert mueller's team for sending anti-trump messages. and john kerry may run for president in 2020.
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that's according to a newspaper in israel. the democrat ran against george w. bush in 2004. the paper says kerry told officials, he is strongly considering it. kerry is currently 74 years old. the sexual abuse scandal has now cost a long-time educator her job. larry nassar was once a trusted sports doctor for usa gymnastics and michigan state university. the school's president was under increasing pressure because of michigan state's handling of the case. last night simon stepped down and the school's board accepted her resignation. simon left her position hours after nassar was sentenced to 175 years behind bars. we have the report. >> reporter: larry nassar entered the courtroom. just before sentencing, he turned to speak directly to his victims. >> i also recognize what i'm
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feeling peal -- pales in comparison to the pain, trauma and emotional destruction that all of you are feeling. >> reporter: but in a letter in which the court read -- >> hell has no fury like a woman scorned. the stories that there being fabricated to sensationalize this -- >> reporter: nassar was a highly regarded doctor at michigan state university and usa gymnastics who used his stature to prey on young girls. more than 150 women provided victim impact statements in the case. >> i can't comprehend how angry i feel when i think of you. >> sir, i'm giving you 175 years. i've just signed your death warrant. >> reporter: the court erupted with applause. >> at first i was really afraid to speak about it and let anyone know this happened to me but now i know i'm a survivor. >> reporter: for the survivors, a move in the right direction. >> gratitude for the incredible army of survivors who stepped up
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to stop the reign of a predator and ensure a tragedy like this never happens again. >> reporter: this is far from over. there's a civil suit involving more than 100 women against usa gymnastics and michigan state university. kendis, maggie? >> there will be a fallout in usa gymnastics as well. well, after a three-week break, a disgraced ball has returned to social media. >> the 22-year-old is known for stunts and antics. he sparked outrage after showing the body of an apparent suicide victim in japan. now he's addressing his own ignorance of the gravity of suicide. >> i was shocked to discover just how big this is. >> you've never known anybody who killed themselves? >> no. that was part of the problem, my ignorance on the subject. >> reporter: but in ohio where you come from that's the second leading cause of death. >> i'm not able to solve the problem myself. i want to be part of the
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solution. >> paul says he plans to donate $1 million to suicide prevention organizations and will continue to education himself and others. another seemingly healthy child has passed away because of the flu. a 12-year-old boy from west palm beach died just minutes after his family called for help. at least 30 children died so far this flu season. they put this year's deaths in line with those of previous years. authorities in houston say they finally solved a mystery. a homeowner was reported missing nearly three years ago. her house was sold in foreclosure and now skeletal remains found in the house have been linked to her. it's believed she accidently fell through the floor of her attic and into the wall space where her remains were found with a pair of glasses and shoes. >> that's horrific. can you imagine? >> yeah, yeah. terrible.
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turning to a wichita man out running errands and thought his day was about to be ruined when he saw flashing lights from a police car in his rear-view mirror. >> but he was relieved to see it the officer pulling him over was steve, a friend since childhood. instead of a ticket, he got a gift box with a onesie and a message from his wife announcing they're going to become parents for the first time. >> his wife had been thinking of a unique way to break the news. he said it was a request he could not refuse. >> so you're breaking the news about your impending child by telling somebody first that is not your husband or father of your child. >> it's a unique way to do it. yeah. when we announce, it's going to be on air. >> when we announce, it's going to come with a bill. surprise.
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just write the check for the next 18 years. coming up, a gps user drives into the bottom of a lake. >> sounds crazy, but it's easier to do than you think. we'll find out how that happened. but first the wild head on collision that could have ended a lot worse than it did. with the driver able to almost run away. and in "the skinny," elton's last hurrah, announcing his eventual retirement. his exclusive interview about the big news. but first a look at today's forecast. jimmy's gotten used to his whole yup, he's gone noseblind. odors. he thinks it smells fine, but his mom smells this...
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his company claims the rocket is powerful enough for manned missions to the moon and mars. >> i'm very excited for that. >> it's pretty cool. >> we're signing up. and now to a wild scene in that played out in broad daylight in phoenix. >> it ended with a terrifying crash and confusion at the scene. we have the details. >> reporter: the chase began after a traffic stop for a moving violation. >> he's run a red light and continuing in towards asu now. >> reporter: tv choppers following overhead. phoenix police, keeping their distance. that red jeep at high speed. >> oh, my gosh. he's really, really speeding up now. >> reporter: finally slamming into an unsuspecting driver. >> oh, no. oh, no. oh, no. head-on collision with that car. >> reporter: but it's not over. >> he's running. >> reporter: the driver, 31-year-old mitchell jumps out and approaches the bystanders.
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>> do you guys know who i am? >> reporter: when police arrive, confusion. >> that's him right here. hey! hey! that's him right here. >> our suspect does have an extensive criminal history of both violent felony convictions and misdemeanors in several states. >> reporter: the victim, a 47-year-old woman was injured but is expected to be okay and the suspect could face charges of aggravated assault or more. abc news, los angeles. >> what a confusing scene that was. >> no idea. >> they had no clue who it was. okay. glad that it turned out okay and that women did not suffer life-threatening injuries. in the meantime, on the other end of the country, a road trip in vermont took a wrong turn when three friends landed their vehicle in the bottom of lake champlain. >> the driver says he was following directions from the waze app. the app directed them to drive on to the boat launch near the coast guard station. >> but it was dark and foggy and
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by the time they realized their wrong turn, it was too late. frozen water coming in. luckily, everyone managed to get out safely. >> we can laugh because they were safe but i can see this happening, unfortunately. >> yeah, no. it's a frightening idea. >> the internet tells you to take a right. you listen and you take a right. when we come back did he just talk himself out of a job? grumpy cat gets her day in court. "the skinny" is next. rumpy cat gets her day in court. "the skinny" is next. no... make every day valentine's day with k-y yours and mine. two sensations. one great way to discover new feelings together. fast like stop staring atcaps help youthe clock fast,st, like stop worrying about your boss fast, like wow, you're already asleep fast. when life keeps you up... zzzquil helps you fall asleep in as little as 20 minutes.
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♪ don't let the sun go down on me ♪ well the sun appears to be going down on elton john's timeout on the yellow brick road. >> after nearly 50 years of performing, he announced he is retiring. not before throwing one long, massive, extended, party for his fans across the world. it doesn't even start till september. he's kicking off his global farewell tour of 300 shows that will last a few years.
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>> i love it. i'm retiring. 300 chances to see me. >> exactly. >> he just sat down with robyn roberts for an exclusive interview. >> reporter: what is it that you want to leave on the stage? >> that i gave people a hell of a lot of pleasure, the songs will live on, i'm not disappearing, and i want my last performance to be in america because my first performance will be in america. 1970 where it all started and i owe this country so much and i'm so fond of it. i love it so much i want to start and finish here. >> he's expected to spend more time with his family after the 300 plus extended tours. >> and you can catch the first leg of his tour, so to speak, at the grammy's sunday night. he'll be performing there. we'll have full coverage right here. and more of the interview later this morning on gma.
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but don't worry we have plenty of time to say good-bye to elton on his tour. next, the search for a new james bond. how does this sound, kendis, bond, jamie bond? >> well, jamie can be a guy. >> dang it. janice bond. the next bond could be a woman, at least that's what one of the rumored male actors said. >> producers are searching for the next star of the franchise. it goes back to doctor no, 55 years ago starring the best james bond of all time, sean connery. and he said it could be a woman, could be a black woman, could be a white woman. do something different with it, why not? >> what i love is why not change the bond girls to bond dudes and then we could be playing different video that maybe the other half of the population would like to look at instead of
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the half that put this on. >> until that happens, we'll continue to play this video right here. and just imagine what it would be like. >> i'm a fan. i'm a fan of this. next exciting news for harry potter fans and boats. starting this summer, cruises will be operating in the uk traveling to various filming locations of the franchise. hogwart's themed cuisine will be served along the way. we're talking butter beer, this is a dream come true. >> the week long cruise is not that bad. it will cost you about $4,000. >> can we sign up right away? i want to wear matching outfits. and finally a reminder not to mess with the grumpy cat. the unimpressed feline has just won a major lawsuit. >> the cat whose real name is tartar sauce has been awarded over $700,000 in the case. the drink called the grumpy cat cappuccino has to pay.
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i have a lifetime of experience. so i know how important that is. whoa, oh, my god, oh, my god. oh, my god. double rainbow all the way across the sky. >> wish i was that excited about anything, as much as that guy loves the double rainbow. >> he understands me. double rainbow guy and i, we just get each other. i could just watch that on repeat. double rainbows because we're talking about skittles this morning and it's a slogan to taste the rainbow. this year, only one person will get a taste of the super bowl commercial. >> here is t.j. holmes. >> there you go. >> reporter: skittles is going for the super bowl sized attention but without the super bowl sized price of a commercial. >> this year skittles will be
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making a super bowl ad and only showing it to one person. >> reporter: yep, skittles is creating a 60-second commercial for the super bowl but the ad won't air during the game, itself, february 4th. but it will be played for an audience of one, this guy. >> why would you make an ad and show it to only one single person? >> reporter: a teenager from california. they found the 17-year-old after conducting a search for the ultimate fan. >> whoa, what is this? is this really scene from the new skittles super bowl ad that only one single person gets to watch? i'm kind of wondering that myself. >> reporter: and what could be a genius marketing ad or internet trolling, they are teasing the commercial that we'll never see. >> because they're only showing it to one single person. >> shut up! nobody asked you! >> exclusive the rainbow. taste it rainbow.
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>> that's the kind of attention you want from a super bowl spot without spending $5 million, i think most people would go that way. >> and they're not alone. >> good day, losers. >> reporter: the internet lit up last week when chris hemsworth appeared in a trailer for a brand-new crocodile dundee film. >> dundee? >> yep. >> really? >> yeah. >> reporter: but speculation is building on whether the movie may just be part of a super bowl ad. >> really? really? >> yeah. >> really? >> why do you keep saying really? >> brands have to be more creative and agile to get people's attention. a lot of brands are wanting to bring an element of surprise back to the super bowl. >> reporter: t.j. holmes, abc news, new york. >> it's kind of exciting. >> will it work? >> just watch his reaction for the whole time? >> he seems really excited about it. based on his twitter profile, we're going to get a lot of animated responses. >> he kind of looks like pedro from ""napoleon dynamite." vote for pedro.
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america this thursday. making news in america this morning, new fallout from the sex abuse scandal rocking usa gymnastics. hours after the former team doctor got up to 175 years in prison for assaulting girls, the president of the university where he worked resigns. how the scandal could be spreading even further. a new turn in the russia investigation. president trump says he's willing to speak to the special counsel under oath. but this morning, what his lawyer is saying about that. and new details about claims of a secret society at the fbi. miraculous recovery. a mother shot in the head during the las vegas massacre nearly taken off life support shocks her doctors. her inspirational message as she returns home. plus, elton john tells us how he'll be ending his final tour.

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